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  1. Joe Garcia

    AA Battery Leaked in Plaster Pool and Stained. How to Remove?

    I have one so I guess I could give it a try. Thanks!
  2. Joe Garcia

    AA Battery Leaked in Plaster Pool and Stained. How to Remove?

    My son threw a AA battery into the pool, and it was there a while before leaking and leaving a stain on the pool floor. It's a regular alkaline battery and not a rechargeable one as maybe one is a different metal from the other. I hear Ascorbic Acid might help, but also causes staining. I...
  3. Joe Garcia

    12 days of Slam

    My last SLAM did not pick up speed until I got ALL DEBRIS off of the pool floor. I ended up buying a KreepyKrauly pool vacuum and ran it everyday as part of my SLAM. It really did the trick and I turned the corner shortly after that.
  4. Joe Garcia

    FC not dropping for days. Should I be Worried?

    As you stated, chlorine would come down or water would turn green. Chlorine came down and I'm back to my normal routine. Thanks for your support.
  5. Joe Garcia

    FC not dropping for days. Should I be Worried?

    I think you misread, as my post said I keep FC at a 6 to 7. Either way, my reporting might not be consistent but the testing is. The only change in my reagents is a new bottle of R-0871. Nothing else has changed. My FC has dropped .5 in the last 12 hours which included overnight. The...
  6. Joe Garcia

    FC not dropping for days. Should I be Worried?

    In SW Florida this time of year, it rains everyday for about 30 minutes in mid-afternoon. I normally have to put in 32 oz of bleach every other day to keep my chlorine in the 6-7 FC range. I haven't added a drop of bleach in four days. Over the last many days my FC has stayed at 7 although its...
  7. Joe Garcia

    OCLT Question - is barely passing OK?

    I'm not hating on any swirl the tube fans, but spend the money for a SpeedStir. The results are way faster and certainly consistent. It's the best $40 I've spent since I took charge of my own testing.
  8. Joe Garcia

    Borates: Will it Raise My TA? Is 20 Mule Even Cost Effective at This Point?

    I have some reasons: #1-My wife has sensitive skin and she asked if there were any alternatives to chlorine. I really don't want to switch to salt to I thought this might help. #2-Secondly, I fight with keeping my Ph under 7.8 and have to put acid in my pool regularly. I thought Borates might...
  9. Joe Garcia

    Borates: Will it Raise My TA? Is 20 Mule Even Cost Effective at This Point?

    Why does Boric Acid from DudaDiesel not raise TA? I guess not all Boric Acid's are created equal?
  10. Joe Garcia

    Borates: Will it Raise My TA? Is 20 Mule Even Cost Effective at This Point?

    I want to take the plunge on Borates, but I went into Pool Math and using the Borax method of adding, the calculation for my pool raised my TA by 110! My TA is ok at the moment at 100. What I've read says get your TA down to the lower end of the scale before adding Borates. Even if I got my...
  11. Joe Garcia

    New Pump, Air in System, Bubbles Coming Out of Returns, I Can't Figure it Out

    Weir door just brought me more bubbles. The ultimate solution was needing more water in the pool and the skimmer was sucking air. A little water from my hose plus a little rain and poof! Bubbles gone...
  12. Joe Garcia

    New Pump, Air in System, Bubbles Coming Out of Returns, I Can't Figure it Out

    Thanks Marty. Are my fears about hurting the pump legit or is this all in my mind? I've heard that air in the system can be a real problem.
  13. Joe Garcia

    New Pump, Air in System, Bubbles Coming Out of Returns, I Can't Figure it Out

    To my surprise, I have no weir door. I don't think I've ever had one, yet I've never had this problem of air in my system. I want to eliminate the weir door as a possible reason. I also know that it is better to have one installed to keep my system healthy. I don't see any brand names or...
  14. Joe Garcia

    New Pump, Air in System, Bubbles Coming Out of Returns, I Can't Figure it Out

    I recently switched from an old 1 hp pump to a Hayward 1.5 hp model. Things seemed to be working fine but my water pressure was very low coming out of the returns. Pressure at the gauge was 25 psi. I then changed filters 4 days ago and now the water is coming out of the returns at max...
  15. Joe Garcia

    Pool Measurement Help Needed!

    I'm not a mathematician, but could I ask how you arrived at this formula?
  16. Joe Garcia

    Pool Measurement Help Needed!

    That's a really in depth article. I just have to make sure I have enough of the required chemicals and I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks!
  17. Joe Garcia

    Pool Measurement Help Needed!

    When I bought my home I was told that the pool was 15x30 at 12K gallons. Years later I measured myself to find out my pool is 14x28 so now I'm clueless about volume being the pool slopes into the deep end. I saw on another thread that Pool Math had (has?) a volume calculator, but I don't see it...
  18. Joe Garcia

    Approximately how many gallons is my pool?

    I need to calculate gallons but I don't need that volume calculator on my version of Pool Math. I downloaded the paid version about a month ago. Is there any other method I can use? 14x28 with beveled corners gradual slope from 3.5 feet at 14 feet length to 6 ft at 28 ft length. I hope...
  19. Joe Garcia

    Do I Re-SLAM After Heavy Rain??

    Thanks Joe. I always did wonder what to do when CYA measurement was between the whole tens....
  20. Joe Garcia

    Best place to purchase filter?

    I have had great luck using Walmart.com. The selection online is way bigger than any of their retail stores and many times shipping is free over $50. I buy first quality Pleatco cartridges from them at really good prices. Give them a try.
  21. Joe Garcia

    Do I Re-SLAM After Heavy Rain??

    Thanks for the good word. I'll be at it before bedtime....
  22. Joe Garcia

    Do I Re-SLAM After Heavy Rain??

    I conducted a beautiful first SLAM a week ago and my pool became crystal clear. We had a day of bad rain here in SW Florida and my FC went down to 1. I was away from home and lost a day to bring the FC back up. I got the FC up to to a 6 after 24 hours but the damage was done and algae showed...
  23. Joe Garcia

    SLAM Question

    While SLAMMING, or just as a general setting, should my valves for the skimmer and the bottom drain be open to 100% or maybe all filtration go to the skimmer just while SLAMMING?
  24. Joe Garcia

    Levels of support

    I just signed on and immediately got the PoolMath app. Just being able to know what happens when you add chemicals is worth the price alone! The PoolMath app is a must have!!
  25. Joe Garcia

    Liquid Chlorine- How Long Does It Keep It's Potency?

    Thanks. I should have known that being I'm a Premium PoolMath app user.
  26. Joe Garcia

    Liquid Chlorine- How Long Does It Keep It's Potency?

    I'm buying 10.5% Hypo from Leslie's and I'm in the middle of my first SLAM. SLAM is working great, but how long can the 2.5 gallons last before losing it's potency? Second question, maybe not for this thread, but how do I know how much chlorine to add during the SLAM? If I need to get to 15...
  27. Joe Garcia

    New Member - Joe Garcia from Ft. Myers, FL

    Pat, Thanks for the welcome and the great info as I need to get a test kit quick! I noticed that a couple of kits don't have a Chrorine OTO test as part of their kit. How vital is that and do I need that test at the moment with the alleged Chlorine Lock problem?
  28. Joe Garcia

    New Member - Joe Garcia from Ft. Myers, FL

    Hello Everyone, I just stumbled on to TFP when trying to find out why my 12,000 gallon pool wont hold chlorine. Most of what I read said I have Chlorine Lock. Then I come on the forum here and the members say Chlorine Lock doesn't even exist! Sounds like my pool...